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As the Sanctuary Allied Health team prepares to exhibit at the upcoming Occupational Therapy Show, we take a look at some of the programme highlights for the two-day event, including the new OT Show Awards.


On 25 and 26 November, occupational therapists from across the UK will gather at Birmingham's NEC for their annual CPD education and trade show. As well as over 100 occupational therapy focused lectures, seminars and workshops, this year's show will feature a new awards ceremony, recognising special achievements by individuals and teams within the OT profession. 

The Occupational Therapy Show Awards comprise four categories: Outstanding Senior OT, Outstanding OT, Outstanding OTI/OTA/Support Worker and Outstanding Service/Innovation (team or individual). The winners in each category will receive a prize of £250 to go towards enhancing their continuing professional development.

Launching the awards programme earlier this year, chair of the panel of judges Jen Gash said, "There is so much great work happening out there and many occupational therapists work without due recognition or reward. These new awards are a chance to celebrate the work of OTs."

Future OT stars


Potential future award winners have been showing their capacity for innovative thinking. In August the Northampton Chronicle reported that OT BSc students Angela Prouse and James Wyatt were using singing sessions to help patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). With the support of the Royal Brompton Hospital's COPD choir, the Breathless Singers, they offered a taster 'Singing for COPD' session at a local community centre, which was attended by over 40 people.

Angela explained, "The funding kindly provided by the Centre for Employability and Engagement has allowed that first session to grow into a run of six sessions which we have called 'Singing for Breathing'. From our research we have concluded that singing is good for wellbeing, and we're offering more sessions to allow extra people to engage in the group."

At the University of Cumbria, students have formed their own choir to sing the praises of the occupational therapy profession. To coincide with Occupational Therapy Week and World Occupational Therapy Day, they covered the Bill Withers classic Lean on Me with specially adapted lyrics to highlight the important contribution OTs make to healthcare services. The youtube video has now been viewed over 3000 times.



Another first at this year's OT Show will be the Paediatric Trail. As well as attending a programme of CPD presentations and seminars, occupational therapists specialising in paediatrics will have the chance to win an iPad Air by visiting all participating exhibitors.

As in previous years, the Poster Zone will showcase work submitted by those who work in occupational therapy jobs across the UK, including those employed in NHS trusts, local authorities and independent providers.

Visit the Sanctuary Allied Health team on Stand G104 at the Occupational Therapy Show, 25 and 26 November, NEC, Birmingham.
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